Across the country, the turn of the calendar and arrival of late November and the holiday season often coincides with an increase in charitable donations. However, at Excelsior College, giving is a year-round effort coordinated by several committees.
In recognition of Thanksgiving, a quick review of several (but not all) charitable initiatives undertaken by Excelsior College community members and organizations throughout 2013:
Ongoing and Upcoming Initiatives
Equinox Thanksgiving Day Preparation
Nearly 25 Excelsior staffers will be volunteering to support the annual Equinox Thanksgiving dinner preparation at Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York. Beginning on Monday, November 25, volunteers will help prepare, carve, and package more than 400 turkeys.
Excelsior’s Alumni Office will participate in the global giving movement on December 3 to raise monetary support for current Excelsior students – many who face significant financial hardships. (#GivingTuesday@ExcelsiorColl)
Capital City Rescue Mission
Excelsior continues to collect coats, sweaters, shoes, boots, gloves, hats, scarves, blankets, stuffed animals and toiletries for donation to the Capital City Rescue Mission.
Typhoon Haiyan Relief Effort
Following the massive destruction in Southeast Asia caused by Typhoon Haiyan, Excelsior community members leaped into action, helping raise $1,833 in just one week through direct donations to Save The Children, The Salvation Army, The American Red Cross, Samaritan’s Purse, and Doctors without Borders Emergency Relief Fund.
Concerned for the Hungry
Excelsior staffers sort potatoes at Concerned for the Hungry, Inc.
Kristin Cornell, Sandy Perretta, Mary Insogna and Tina Perfetti volunteered at Concerned for the Hungry, Inc, In Schenectady, New York, helping to sort and pack food for the less fortunate.
Throughout November, the Military Projects Committee at Excelsior collected donations for the Veterans Honor Walk, and DVDs for “Dinner and Movie Night” at the local Fisher House. The committee also prepared baked goods for Fisher House families between November 18-22.
The Fisher House
Renay Williams and Martha Garing, senior academic advisors in the school of Liberal Arts, volunteered with the winterization of the Serenity Garden at The Zachary & Elizabeth Fisher House. Located near the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, NY, the Fisher House is a comfort home for the families of veterans who are hospitalized and receiving medical services at the VA Medical Center.
The “GO” Series
Go Red For Women (February)
Excelsior raised money for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.
Go Blue (June)
Excelsior helped raise prostate cancer awareness through outdoor activities, fundraising and a bake sale.
Go Pink (October)
The Excelsior community rose to the challenge and raised $1,015 during its Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.